The thought of moving to another country is not only tremendously intriguing, but also a little daunting. Leaving family and friends behind for a one year contract, in a country you know little about is not an easy thing to do.
If you have gotten this far, I commend you sincerely.
A common question Im asked is How will I meet people when Im in Korea? The most important thing to keep in mind is that almost all of the other teachers have left their best friends, moms and comfort of their home country behind so they are more open to meeting new people than others might be.
Also, demographically, most teachers in Korea are young, between 22 and 28, single, courageous enough to move to the other side of the world, always university educated, and looking forward to meeting new people with similar attitudes.
Of all the teachers I have helped move to Korea, I have had only 3 or 4 teachers who have had even minor issues meeting other teachers in their new cities. After I was able to share a few tips, I am positive they all have friends they will keep in touch with for the rest of their lives. Normally I start to see my teachers connecting to people in their city as soon as they land, and then through the joys of Facebook, I can see them making connections all over Korea as they become comfortable in their new surroundings.
Do you feel like life is treating you OK in your home country? How would you like to take a nice two month trip around Asia, without going into debt, and knowing 100% youll have a job waiting for you when you return? I am not saying you get 2 months of paid vacation while in Korea, but what most teachers do is complete their first contract, and take their dream vacation for a few months, and start their next contract in Korea whenever theyd like to resume working. Since it was so easy for them to save money in Korea, a vacation like this is absolutely possible.
Moving to another country is an amazing life experience. I do not believe our parents had such options when they were our age. To be able to do so, and live in one of the thriving new world economies, save money, pay off student debt, meet people from other countries is a unique adventure I am positive if you have the right attitude, you will look back on as one of the smartest decisions you have ever made.
Living in Korea was an amazing experience for me and my little family, and now helping teachers with this major life event is the most rewarding job my wife and I have ever done. Hopefully we can help you explore the world, as you want to see it.